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Farming

Paperwork averted scam

Writing 5:15am A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake.

Dairy conversion blamed

Russel Norman and Rob Hamill 5:56am Dairy conversions are undermining attempts to clean up the Waikato River, says The Green Party.

Synlait Milk takes top award

Synlait milk 5:00am Canterbury's two top businesses hail from the dairy and tourism industries.

Danone plans NZ food hub

Danone, John Key French food giant has big plans for its NZ infant formula products after buying two Kiwi companies.

Payout cut on the cards

Dairy cows. Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to stop Fonterra cutting its milk price forecast, economists say.

Opinion poll

Which way are farmers likely to vote in the 2014 General Election?

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Related story: Farmers weigh voting choices

Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Synlait Milk takes top award

Synlait milk Canterbury's two top businesses hail from the dairy and tourism industries.

Danone plans NZ food hub

French food giant has big plans for its NZ infant formula products after buying two Kiwi companies.

Payout cut on the cards

Swede fears spread

Dairy conversion blamed

Dairy conversions are undermining attempts to clean up the Waikato River, says The Green Party.

Filled with bulls

Wingrove Stud cattle auction An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

Environment focus

Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

Scholarship win scores US trip

Striving for the best

Bruce and Pip Robinson have a passion and commitment to produce top quality hereford cattle.

No time to be sheepish

57th annual Heading and Huntaway dog sales near Gore. Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Wool sector unity closer

New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Shrek fleeced of record

A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Onion secrets shared

Onion Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Seeds of optimism

Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Hawke's Bay grower wins

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas will face greater biosecurity scrutiny to keep out a devastating pest.

Flock Hill owners deny 'eviction'

flock hill farm Owners of Canterbury station say they were about to sign new deal with local tour operator. l Job losses 'red herring'

PM hits back over Flock Hill

PM says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and loss of 16 jobs a 'red herring'.

Not a normal farm

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Paperwork averted scam

A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.